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Winter afternoon, clear skies

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It took her days to travel through the mountain range, moving south until the landscape became thickly forested with impossibly large trees. Every now and then, the pale she-wolf would look up in awe, marveling at the world. She had never seen anything quite like it, for the mountains she knew were rocky and sparse, slicing through the taiga without want for mercy or greenery. There was an abundance of small prey, more than she had ever seen in her short life. To Muses, this was paradise.

Where the mountains began to flatten, there was an expanse of rolling hills, and beyond that, a flattened prairie valley. It was snowy as far as the eye could see, but stems of tall grass occasionally breached the white, crystalline surface. Muses flared her nostrils, scenting the air with deep interest. There were no caves or crevices to hide in, but if she curled up in the snow, she would easily be missed.

Weary from her long journey, she scouted out an agreeable nook not too far from the river that she had followed from the mountains. At the very least, she wouls be able to rest her weary paws until dusk, when she would travel again.


Sep 10, 2017 06:46 PM

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|| Muses is so pretty ^^ Note to self: timelining this to right after Relic’s current thread w/ Theo ||

The morning had passed and with it went some of Relic’s energy. He’d been abnormally drowsy these days, but part of him attributed it to just having plowed himself through the blizzard-laden mountains. His body still hadn’t recovered from it quite yet. Regardless, he and Theodore had been trekking through the prairie since the morning and they thought now was a better time than not to take a quick break while they decided where to head next.

Relic followed the river through the tall grass, sticking to the bank where the grass was shortest, until he found an optimal part of the river that didn’t look partially frozen like the rest. He casually walked up to the riverside and lowered his body into a crouch and his head followed, neck extending out some in order to reach the water. His claws dug into the dirt to keep himself from falling forward.

He lifted his head a few times to scout the area, ears perked and alert for any sign that someone may be coming up to him. He hadn’t realized there was a female lurking in the grasses somewhat close by as the wind was drafting his own scent to her rather than the other way around. Theo wandered off to find an ideal napping area and Relic decided to stay on guard duty for a while.

Without a care in the world, he continued lapping up the freezing water. It was more refreshing than he ever could have imagined despite the fact it was beginning to freeze the inside of his head.


Sep 11, 2017 06:35 PM — Post #1

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[Squee! Thank you! And thank you for replying to my thread :) ]

As she moved onward, she caught side of an unsuspecting rogue, lazily heading over to the river’s edge for a drink. Unlike her, his saturated fur colour stood out in the snow, making him an easy target. Taking this as an opportunity, the young she-wolf changed course, headed straight for the stranger. She appeared amicable, posture relaxed, tail hung casually, waving slowly from side to side in time with her pace. If anything, she looked positively delighted to see another soul amidst the endless white of the snowy plains.

When she was close enough, she puffed out her cheeks and chuffed gently, a friendly greeting that would not startle the stranger, hopefully. The last thing she wanted to do was startle or offend, lest she find herself in a dangerous situation. She was close enough now that, despite her quick reflexes and speed, she might have a difficult time evading him should he decide to attack. Of course, Muses hoped that he would do no such thing, for she wanted desperately to believe that evil wolves were simply a rare and unfortunate anomaly.

Flaring her nostrils, she attempted to decipher what she could of the scent blowing towards her, but because she was so unfamiliar with the area, she could glean little information. Convinced that she had only one option, she cleared her throat and raised her voice, an easy smile sprawling over her maw. “Hello!” She called out, slowing to a halt in a dainty manner several wolf-lengths away. “Do you have a moment?” Shyness was not a part of her personality, for it was something that she had never truly learned. Head canting in an innocently curious manner, and ears pricked forward in earnest, she awaited an answer.


Sep 12, 2017 11:46 AM — Post #2

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|| No problem! ||

Relic was thoroughly unaware of the stranger closing the distance on him, and from behind no less. The sound of his tongue lapping up water masked any potential noise created by the female crunching lightly through the snowy grass to reach him. It wasn’t until a small throaty noise caught his attention that he looked up from the water’s edge completely.

The male lifted himself cautiously while his neck craned sideways to see who it was standing behind him. To his surprise, the other wolf simply stood there waiting for Relic to acknowledge her presence. Part of him expected someone to come along and attack him out of nowhere, although this was a situation that had been ingrained into his head from home. He’d already learned that life outside of that pack was completely different, so why wouldn’t this coincide with his recent experiences, as well?

Quickly he turned his entire around to face her straight on, his face expressionless as he regarded the female. She spoke to him with words this time and for a second he stood there looking at her, blinking his green eyes a few times before curiosity got the better of him. “Do you need help with something?” He wondered what she needed. If she was looking for directions, he wasn’t exactly the best one around to ask. Theo would’ve been a better choice, but he was off napping and Relic wasn’t about to go disturb the pup’s sleep just to sort out places around them.


Sep 12, 2017 12:16 PM — Post #3

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Rivet had left the mountains with a slightly bloodied ear from the black coated woman. Oceanic-teal eyes roamed the open area of the ever-expanding valley, the dark stone of the mountains was replaced with sparse, brown trees and a rolling river. She decided to stick close to the water source, following it south to locate its destination. What did this valley have to offer that her home had not?

As she went south, the sound of echoing voice caught her attention. Freezing momentarily, her her fore paw lifted up between steps, she pointed her muzzle towards the conversation. Ears swiveling into attention, deciding whether or not to go to their origins.

Rivet slowly set her lifted paw into the snow, steering slightly off course to find the conversationalists. In the distance, two figures could be seen. Male and female. Both pale in coloration. Perhaps they could share their knowledge of the valley - or at least what they knew of it.

Riv didn’t quite feel the desire to scream out and announce her arrival, instead she just casually trekked on forward. Her tail brushing her ankles gently as she closed the distance that lied between them.


Sep 12, 2017 12:27 PM — Post #4

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Utterly relieved that she was not about to be attacked, her mood brightened considerably; truly a feat considering she appeared quite happy-go-lucky to begin with. “Not help, necessarily, unless you are interested tracking down some elk. I saw some tracks and droppings just northwest of here.” She offered, more of a factual statement than a proposition. Two skilled wolves with a strong bond might be able to successfully hunt an elk, but Muses had never been so successful with other travellers she had randomly met along her journey.

“I was actually wondering if you knew of any packs nearby. I am just awful at figuring out border markings.” The pale wolf explained sheepishly, leaning her weight behind her. As much as she wanted to find a place to rest the tired soles of her feet, she also wanted to make sure that she did not trespass. She figured it wouldn’t hurt to try her luck, and even if the stranger she approached knew little of the area, then she would be at no more of a disadvantage than she was before she had asked.

As she finished her explanation, she caught scent of an iron tang on the wind. Flaring her nostrils, she swivelled her ears in what she hoped was an inconspicuous manner, listening in the directions that she could not immediately see. It would be rude to turn away from the wolf she addressed, but her curiosity had been deeply aroused, as well as her hunger. A low growl from her stomach reminded her that it had been a long while since she had the pleasure of gorging on a prey of substance. Anything as large, or larger than a deer was much easier to hunt in a pair or a group, so she often settled for mice, rabbits, or birds that were too slow to flee the grasp of her fangs.

Suddenly she turned, unable to deny her intrigue any longer. A dark wolf approached, stark against the white snow. Her eyes widened; it was always somewhat startling to see black fur on a wolf. “Hi!’ She yipped, startled but nonetheless friendly, offering a tentative wave of her feathery tail. Despite being surrounded by strangers, she took comfort in the number of wolves gathered. She was a pack wolf at heart, and their presence, regardless of their intentions, was enough to make her feel safe.


Sep 12, 2017 12:56 PM — Post #5

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The female was friendly enough and Relic was glad he didn’t have to enlist himself in a fight quite yet. He was hoping to be done with those days, but he also couldn’t predict the future. For now, his body relaxed measurably as the female spoke. There was a certain calming nature about her that put him at ease - especially when she mentioned elk. His ears perked slightly more at the word, rousing his inner glutton. “Elk? Sounds good to me, but those things are big,” he noted, implying that he wasn’t sure just the two of them could bring down one unless it was injured or young.

She proceeded to inquire about nearby packs, to which Relic’s lips tightened in a straight line. He didn’t have any news for her considering he’d just entered this place himself. He shook his head gently. “I actually just came from the mountains,” tossing his muzzle to the side to gesture the peaks behind him. “As far as I could tell there weren’t any packs there, at least.” He shrugged uselessly, offering a small smile.

Then the female turned her attention to something other than Relic and green eyes followed her line of sight, twisting his neck slightly to see a dark figure approaching them. Another wolf, this one owning a very unique attire compared to the coats he’s used to seeing. Solid black with brown undersides. Relic tilted his head curiously while the first female greeted the newcomer.

“‘Lo,” he chimed in, turning his sights back to the lighter wolf. “Perhaps now we’ll have a better chance at that elk.” He grinned and looked back to the other. “Would you like to join us?” He asked as she came closer. Suddenly his attention was pulled to her ear. He’d thought he smelled something more metallic, but nothing was obvious until she came into focus. “Are you okay?” It didn’t seem like a dramatic wound, but it also didn’t look old. The next questions were who did it and why.


Sep 12, 2017 01:11 PM — Post #6

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As she approached, Rivet was greeted with hellos and invitations to the hunting of an elk. Elk did seem quite appetizing, but her attention soon shifted solely to the male. An instinctual “hm” left pursed lips as he questioned her state. Was she okay? “quite alright,” a soft smile laced her blackened lips as she met his bright eyes. ” ‘fraid I wandered into owned land in the mountains, the owner decided to give me a parting gift,” Riv’s voice was relaxed and calm, clear that she wasn’t upset or angered over the small wound.

Turquoise eyes rolled upward, attempting to view the ear that was coated in blood. Wasn’t exactly the best place she could lick clean, and she didn’t want to dunk it in the winter’s harsh, icy waters. So Rivet accepted her fate of smelling of the small wound. Parts of her hoped it wouldn’t grow infected - not exactly a vital location or a limb, but still wouldn’t be too grand to have it worsen.

Back to the mater at hand, she flicked her tail once. “However, an elk does sound quite nice right now,” shifting her gaze between them, she wondered what else to say, other than that of food. “Rivet Rendar, by the way,” a coy, vibrant grin attached after her introduction.


Sep 12, 2017 01:33 PM — Post #7

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Grinning sheepishly, Muses shrugged her shoulders, indicating that she was game for a challenge. A third body would make the hunt more viable, she knew from experience, but even a lone wolf could successfully take down a deer. They were, after all, built to kill. She was, however, surprised to hear that the male had descended the mountains as well. “Coincidentally, I just came from there as well.” It was a wonder they had not passed each other along the way, but the she-wolf was far more careful when traversing mountains. Her carelessness could be her death, so she took no risks.

Once again, she turned her attention back to the dark female, head cocking in concern though she seemed to brush her injuries off. Ah, so there was a mountain pack somewhere. If they were hostile, then perhaps she and the male were fortunate to have missed them. A more capable wolf might have come away with a torn ear, but Muses knew that she would not have been so fortunate.

“Well, your wound will not be much of an asset to us on a hunt.” She spoke frankly, but without ill intent. When it came to the only task she was skilled at, Muses was pragmatic. “Let me clean it up for you, and then we can be on your way. Even a small wound can fester.” She offered, smiling kindly. Though they were strangers, she was still in the pack mindset; they helped each other out when they could. She had never learned to distrust, though occasionally she could be cautious. “My name is Muses.” She added, before padding towards the dark furred wolf.


Sep 13, 2017 09:54 AM — Post #8

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Relic’s attention focused on the dark female, but soon relinquished its focus when she claimed she was just fine. Aside from her ear, the rest of her looks fine and untouched so he simply shrugged off her injury. An ear wound wasn’t so bad, she could’ve received a much worse “punishment” than that. She was fortunate.

At the mention of having been attacked in the mountains, Relic cocked his head and quirked a brow. It seemed like a complete ghost town when he passed through them, aside from Theo who may as well have been a ghost himself given his coat color and hollow-looking eye markings. “Interesting,” was all he replied with at first. “The mountains north of here?” He questioned, just to clarify in case he was missing something being new to the area and all.

Either way the darker female seemed to be game for an elk hunt while the lighter female offered to clean her ear up before anything else happened. Relic smiled gently, glad to be in good company. They proceeded to take turns offering their names: Rivet and Muses. “Relic A-,” he stopped immediately, suddenly remembering his last name and becoming paranoid about it again. “Just Relic,” he confirmed quickly.

The male turned his attention to Muses again. “So how far did you see signs of those elk?”


Sep 13, 2017 11:58 AM — Post #9

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